Some areas of the Main Library are now open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday and 12pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. These areas include main-floor access to Circulation as well as our study and computing space on 1 East with access to MSU printing. As of Feb. 1st, we opened 1 West. Our total capacity at this time is 120 people. We also now have touchless lockers, where you may pick up materials. Outside of safety, our top priority is to provide access to all of our collections. We continue to offer virtual services. We also are paging materials and will continue to mail materials to faculty, staff, and students living off-campus. We encourage you to use our convenient distance services. Please see our Online and Distance Learning resource page for more information.
Purchasing Procedures for Electronic Resources
As stated in the MSU Libraries' Accessibility Statement, it is a priority to select and acquire, whenever possible, resources and technologies that are accessible to all. To help us work toward more accessible library resources, we have implemented accessibility purchasing procedures for electronic resources (e-resources) that we purchase from vendors/publishers.
As part of these procedures, the Libraries is asking publishers/vendors:
- For accessibility contact information.
- For Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs) and/or other accessibility documentation.
- To accept/insert accessibility language into our e-resource licenses/contracts. The MSU Libraries asks vendors to accept the accessibility license language developed by the Big Ten Academic Alliance Libraries.
Big Ten Libraries' E-Resource Accessibility Efforts
The MSU Libraries is helping lead efforts in the Big Ten Academic Alliance Libraries related to e-resource accessibility. In addition to creating accessibility license language for vendor e-resources, the Big Ten Libraries are collectively funding third-party accessibility evaluations of library e-resources. This program provides vendors with a report and the opportunity to improve the accessibility of their products while giving members of the library community information about the accessibility of specific library e-resources.
Accessibility & MSU Libraries' Digital Collections
Accessibility is also a priority for digital collections created by the MSU Libraries. We have staff in our Digital Information unit working on ensuring new digital collections are created with accessibility in mind and that the accessibility of older collections is improved.